RA Projects

RA Projects is a London based RIBA chartered architecture and design studio, set up in 2011 by Rashid Ali. Through our interest and research on contemporary cultural, social, economic and environmental developments that are increasingly relevant to architecture and urbanism, the studio has developed architectural and landscape projects and strategies that expand on ways we experience, inhabit and interact in spaces of varying scales and uses.

Since its inception, RA Projects have worked on array of projects ranging in use and scale from an architectural installation at the 2012 London Festival of Architecture to planning interventions on the fringes of the London 2012 Olympics. Other recent projects include residential projects in the UK, a strategic development plan for the Maldives capital Male and a research project on comprehensive planning strategies in Africa.

RA Projects has been widely recognised for their building projects as well as research activities, including being short-listed for the prestigious Young Architect of the Year Award in 2008 and 2011. We have also been featured in international publications including Blueprint magazine, Building Design, P.E.A.R. magazine and the New York Times magazine. Our work has been exhibited at the Architecture Foundation, Architectural Association, New London Architecture Centre and the British School in Rome.

Rashid Ali

Rashid Ali BA (Hons), DipArch, MSc, ARB, RIBA, studied architecture at the Bartlett school University College London and City Design and Social Science at the London School of Economics.

Between 2001 and 2006 he worked at Adjaye Associates – the practice of the award winning architect David Adjaye, where as project architect he was involved in the development and realization of a number of high profile public projects such as the Stirling Prize nominated Idea Store Library, London, Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo and the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Denver, as well as working on smaller arts projects that included collaborations with artists Chris Ofili and Olafur Eliasson. After gaining considerable practice experience and the successful completion of the Bernie Grant Performing Arts Centre, he established RA Projects as a collaborative research studio to pursue issues of interest through teaching, research and building.

With RA Projects, Ali created a studio that focuses on the development of ideas that respond to emerging social, economic, environmental and cultural patterns that are relevant to architecture and the city as a whole. He values the merit in combining practice with academia as such crosspollination stimulates innovation.

Prizes and Awards


International Exhibition, Dak'Art 2014, Selected


IADS Silver Pigeon Award, Finalist


Autodesk Young Architect of the Year, finalist

Giles Worsley Research Fellowship in Architecture, British School in Rome, awarded


Home at MUDE, Lisbon, shortlisted

New UK_Portugal Architects, Selected


Young Architect of the Year, nominated


Arab Cultural Centre, Washington, Commended


Machu Picchu Hostel, Peru, Commended

Press & publications


Fin House, Evening Standard, November 2015

Fin House, Architects Journal, October 2015

Fin House, Dezeen, October 2015


Making of a Modern African City, RIBA Journal, March 2013


Meddelin – Through a Kaleidoscope, P.E.A.R. Magazine, Issue 5, November 2012

The Voice Newspaper, London, Rashid Ali profiled, May 2012

Architecture and built form of Mogadishu, 1910-26, British School in Rome Catalogue 2011-12

London underground architecture in print, New York Times Magazine


Young Architect of the Year, Building Design Magazine, October 2011


Istanbul – Inside and Out, P.E.A.R. Magazine, April 2010

In the void and in emptiness, Scarf magazine, June 2010


Jouberton Nursery, Blueprint Magazine, August 2009

Jouberton Nursery, Building Design, June 2009    

Young Architect of the Year long list, Building Design,  October 2008


EDAS – Design Kommunalka – Non Functional Space, Vladislav and Ludmila Kirpichev